Living Spaces: Chic Sitting Room With Blue Hues

This simple, elegant contemporary living room is both spacious and inviting. The white walls and uncluttered built-in bookshelves give the space an open feeling. The room features a kids' reading nook with library ladder as well as a bar area with stone waterfall countertop.

Photo By: Lisa Russman Photography

Photo By: Lisa Russman Photography

Photo By: Blanche Garcia

Photo By: Blanche Garcia

Photo By: Lisa Russman Photography

Photo By: Lisa Russman Photography

Simple, Elegant Living Room Design

The design in the living room was kept elegant and simple so as to complement the large space, rather than compete with it. Large sliding glass doors allow in plenty of natural light, while the bookshelves add elegant display spaces. To complement the light walls, designers created a custom patina to paint onto the floor rather than staining it.

Kids' Reading Nook in Stylish Living Room Design

To create a kids' nook that complements the living room design, modern chairs with durable, ribbed fabric were brought in along with a modern coffee table and an easily accessible library of kids' books.

Dated Bookcase Gets New Life with Multi-Step, High Gloss Lacquer Paint

To give new life to a dated, white-washed bookcase, designers painted the new installation with a multi-step, high gloss lacquer paint.

Clean, Uncluttered Bookshelves

To give the bookcase a bit more of a modern feel, designers decided to turn the books around. Designers staged the bookcases to make the accent piece look more put together for a clean, uncluttered look.

Marble Fireplace Surround in Modern Living Space

To create an elegant fireplace surround, two slabs of book matched marble were lined up for the perfect focal point in this design.

Modern Bar with Horizontal, Waterfall Design

To create the full bar, designer layered pieces of stone in a modern, horizontal waterfall design. Then, they added modern barstools and starburst light fixtures to the area to update the design.

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